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Joali Being, the first nature immersive wellbeing retreat island in the Maldives

Nestled on the secluded island of Bodufushi in Raa Atoll, amid crystalline lagoons, pristine beaches and lush coconut palms, Joali Being is a 40-minute seaplane journey from Malé International Airport. Share

Born from the eco-friendly hospitality brand Joali and its core philosophy of the ‘joy of living’, Joali Being is a sustainable wellbeing island retreat residing on the secluded natural island of Bodufushi in Raa Atoll. It is the first dedicated wellbeing-immersive sanctuary in the Maldives and engages in lifetime community-driven practises.

The retreat is home to a total of 68 private exquisite beach and water villas, each with their very own personal butler or ‘Jadugar’, meaning ‘skilled magician’ in Dhivehi. Each villa comes with private pools and a variety of special offerings such as customised minibar setups, tuned meditative balancing musical instruments, wellbeing games and more.

Joali Being, the first nature immersive wellbeing retreat island in the Maldives
Joali Being, the first nature immersive wellbeing retreat island in the Maldives

Joali Being also features a unique four bedroom fully equipped exclusive overwater villa with a magnificent uninterrupted ocean view, a wellbeing room and a movement room. Joali Being aims to provide guests with a transformational wellbeing experience centred around four pillars of wellbeing: Mind, Skin, Microbiome and Energy.

Following an in depth consultation with a personal wellbeing consultant upon arrival, Joali Being offers each guest a completely personalised programme, fusing both traditional and modern methods to illuminate a path to transcendence, self-discovery and renewal. High-level specialists, such as naturopaths, ayurvedic doctors and nutritionists are assigned and responsible for a roster of guests throughout the duration of their stay.

Joali Being, the first nature immersive wellbeing retreat island in the Maldives

With wellbeing at the heart of the retreat, Joali Being is a collection of transformational spaces which are spread across the island. Areka, the new Wellbeing Centre, opens its doors to fully immersive wellbeing experiences, scientific therapies and diagnostic services, educational programmes, specialised therapeutic and alternative healing treatments.

Facilities include experiential thermal circuits, over 30 high-spec treatment rooms, premium treatment suites, specialised therapeutic and alternative healing spaces and a well equipped fitness facility and flexible studio spaces. All of the services are tailored to an individual’s level of well-being.

Joali Being, the first nature immersive wellbeing retreat island in the Maldives

Aktar is Joali Being’s Herbology Centre, inspired by the rich heritage and history of the healing powers of herbs. Guests can address concerns around Mind, Skin, Microbiome and Energy with the resident herbalist, who specialises in preparing natural remedies using herbs, spices and essential oils. Joali Being provides a thorough and flexible programme that focuses on the individual with long-term goals in mind – featuring results-driven treatments, diagnostic services, personalised fitness and educational itineraries, targeted packages, and diverse, healthy food and beverage offerings tailored and suited towards all diets – vegans, vegetarian, pescatarian etc. The highly personalised and responsive programmes are based on the body’s four pillars – brain, gut, energy and skin.

Joali Being, the first nature immersive wellbeing retreat island in the Maldives

Culinary arts at Joali Being focus on an Earth-to-Table initiative, promising ingredient traceability and offering fresh, locally harvested foods that support small farmers and are sustainably sourced. All food and drink options have been expertly curated with the help of the retreat’s nutritionists, offering a selection of flavours and cuisines, with healthy yet indulgent dining options. If desired by guests, personalised nutrition sessions and co-created menu recommendations are available.

The retreat is also collaborating with EarthCheck to introduce impactful longterm sustainability initiatives. The sustainability infrastructure of the island includes a desalinating water bottling plant, a rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling system, a glass crusher and recycler, a 1750 food waste composter, a plant waste shredder for fertilizing and a biological wastewater treatment plant for safe discharge.

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